January 10, 2008


View from my window

It's bare now and devoid of life but my neighbor's garage garden was an oasis from the rest of the world this past Summer. The huge tree beside it leafs out and the large Spruce on the other side provides privacy.

I featured this garden on our garden walk and visitors were enchanted with it. You can't see it in the photo but the homeowner used vacant space next to the garage for an Asian Tearoom where one can sit in a Japanese style rock garden.

This is a shot of what it looked like back in the Summer :

Many developers are not leaving space for front or back gardens and rooftop gardens are becoming popular. Gardening on a rooftop is a real challenge and not for the meek. I have many rooftop garden customers at the garden center and when they ask me what tree is the most durable for Chicago's cold winters and hot summers I always answer : Pines.


  1. What a clever use of space, Carolyn - love the way the connection is made with the arched bridge.

    Annie at the Transplantable Rose

  2. It IS a clever use of space, fr sure! I'm just glad I don't have to live in so small a location, with no yard. I'm sure it works well for a lot of people, but I get claustrophobic just thinking about it. Glad that artists like you can make city spaces so much better.

  3. Hi Annie,

    Yes, quite clever , but as for me I prefer to be on terra firma. Oh well, it takes all kinds .

    I'm with you , Jodi, about being claustrophobic. The owner is an architect and I figure he's got to make a statement.


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